Alexander Contreras is one of the Andes Coop's coffee cuppers. He is the son of a coop member and coffee farmer and has studied and trained for the job over a period of years. A good cupper is essential for rooting out any defects in coffee and for identifying special coffees with valuable profiles, making sure that the maximum value for the coffee is reached, and that buyers are never disappointed. Alexander works in the four tasting laboratories that the coop has in Antioquia.
Here Alexander is testing the fragrance of the ground coffee.
Speciality coffee and coffees with a prized cupping profile can reach much higher prices. Coffee with defects reaches a lower price, often on the national market only.
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